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Central Vacuum System

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 4 March 2014 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

And you thought central vacuums were a fairly new idea. I'm afraid not. This one was installed in the basement of the mansion when it was built in 1916. Hose connections are at the foot of the stairway and throughout the house.

Douglas Mansion
Jerome State Historic Park

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

it looks like it is built to last. i miss that kind of quality

4 Mar 2014 5:47am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The interesting history of technology

4 Mar 2014 5:48am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Remarkable fact - and a fine image,too, I say.

4 Mar 2014 6:43am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

very cool.

4 Mar 2014 7:02am

k@ from Paris, France

Love the colors, the tight frame and the characters-like figures here.

4 Mar 2014 7:04am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

The colors are stunning

4 Mar 2014 7:29am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing of the machine .

4 Mar 2014 7:36am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe machine!! amities

4 Mar 2014 7:43am

PATRICK from miramas, France

superbe machine

4 Mar 2014 7:49am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, colors, lighting & details!

4 Mar 2014 7:52am (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

A good image even with frontal light bright. A very interesting machine.

4 Mar 2014 7:54am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

interesting pieces

4 Mar 2014 7:54am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une belle machine

4 Mar 2014 8:13am

Etsu from Japan

Great capture of the machine. Nice colors and light. Have a nice day. :)

4 Mar 2014 9:04am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Terrific shot. No dust would escape this impressive machine!

4 Mar 2014 10:25am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Remarkable, glad you didn't have to pull it or push it:)

4 Mar 2014 10:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice capture

4 Mar 2014 10:42am

helys from Paris, France

Great shapes, tags, colors, lighting

4 Mar 2014 11:21am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

cool . nice colors

4 Mar 2014 12:42pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Interesting détails! Superb colors!

4 Mar 2014 1:39pm

Kyu from Japan

Great capture. Excellent framing. I like the beautiful green.

4 Mar 2014 2:08pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The gold peepholes make it look rather like punk art !~

4 Mar 2014 2:54pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

An impressive looking system Steve! It must have been a front runner in it's day! ;-)

4 Mar 2014 3:46pm

don from United States

A fine shot of this substantial looking central vacuum. The construction and finish of this device is so much better than the equipment we have today.

4 Mar 2014 4:37pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful capture of this system. Nicely done. :)

4 Mar 2014 6:14pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WHen we visited THe Vanderbuilt Mansion in North Caroline, they also had central vacuum. It is impressive that it goes back that far. An excellent capture

4 Mar 2014 6:34pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Steve, these are really history lessons ---- great that you share with us. - You are right, I thought when we got a "smaller" one of the central vacs - we are really getting modern !!!!! Apparently not !!!!
Herzlichen Gruss und vielen Dank ----- Monika

4 Mar 2014 7:15pm

ROLAND THEYS from Loverval, Belgium

The interesting photo!

4 Mar 2014 7:32pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Who knew even the central vacuum system would be kept so brand-spankin' new, too!! This looks like it was unloaded from the truck yesterday. Interesting "peep holes" too as if there was something to look at inside. :-)

4 Mar 2014 7:38pm

Ptck from France

A beautiful plant for the age

4 Mar 2014 8:03pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

How very impressive; I think a central vacuum system should be installed in new construction when they put the central air in ... what the heck! Great photo!

4 Mar 2014 8:10pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

excellent photography. a big kiss. Alejandra

4 Mar 2014 9:05pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

How impressive! Wouldn't like to empty the bag though.

4 Mar 2014 9:14pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Some "hundred" years ago I thought I had a very original idea about this :-)) This old equipment seems even decorative, it's beautifully constructed ... Great shot, very interesting !!!

4 Mar 2014 10:54pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Amazing! Really amazing.

4 Mar 2014 11:14pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Built too last.

5 Mar 2014 3:59am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue de cette ancienne machine sueprbe captage et compo.

5 Mar 2014 4:15am

Veronique from Tarbes, France

It looks like a robot with it's two round eyes !

5 Mar 2014 6:48am

@Veronique: I agree. I think it looks a little like WALL•E.

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante machine

5 Mar 2014 2:24pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Everything new is well-forgotten old :) They didn't changed their household stuff often in these times, I suppose.

6 Mar 2014 2:25pm

julie from Aregno, France

Très belle image, j'adore les couleurs et la lumière ! Merci Steve pour le partage ! Bonne fin de semaine.

7 Mar 2014 9:56am